Today’s Headlines: Lady Gaga Opens Up About PTSD, 11 Year Old Boy Dies From Delayed Allergic Reaction, Study Finds Back Pain-Mental Health Link

Lady Gaga discusses PTSD struggles. As part of NBC’s “#ShareKindness campaign, pop star Lady Gaga visited the Ali Forney Center in Harlem, to meet with homeless LGBT teens. As she explained on the Today show, “I’ve been searching for ways to help myself. And I found kindness is the best way. I told the kids [at the homeless center], that I suffer from PTSD and I never told anyone that before.” Since many of the children she met with are not only homeless but also trauma survivors, Lady Gaga, who was raped at 19, is channeling her own traumas to be more empathetic and help them any way she can. (PAGESIX)

11 year old boy dies from food allergies. Merrill Debbs, whose son Oakley suddenly passed away, wants to raise awareness about food allergies to help other families avoid the tragedy she lived through. Oakley, who had asthma and a mild peanut and tree nut allergy, ate a slice of pound cake that ended up having a walnut inside. After taking Benadryl, he seemed fine, until a few hours later when he began vomiting and turning blue. An hour and a half after he ate the walnut, his airwaves closed up and his heart stopped beating. Debbs wants every classroom to have EpiPens and wants all nuts banned. While it’s unclear how common these delayed fatal reactions are, Dr. Todd Green recommends administering an EpiPen even when only mild symptoms are present, since delayed reactions can be fatal. If you can’t afford to pay for an EpiPen here’s how to get a generic version. (TODAY)

Back pain may increase risk of mental health issues.  In the largest back pain-mental healthy study in history, with nearly 200,000 participants, researchers determined that people who have back pain are more susceptible to have a range of mental health issues. A questionnaire found that those with back pain were twice as likely to have anxiety, depression, stress, sleep deprivation, and psychosis. The link between these two seemingly separate issues can influence future treatment methods and approaches. Living with back pain? Here’s what you can do. (MEDNEWS)